Abelon Systems News Stories and Articles

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Rise of the (Embedded) Machines

Machine Learning (ML) is traditionally associated with large servers and enormous amounts of computing power. However recent improvements in both the efficiency of the algorithms and processing platforms mean that it is now possible to include ML functionality on much smaller embedded systems.

This article covers some of the advantages and challenges of distributed machine learning applications, discusses some of the suitable ML methodologies for use in an embedded environment, and finally looks at some of the pitfalls for the unwary.
For the last 15 or 20 years Machine Learning has become one of the key building blocks of IT systems and has become part of all of our lives, albeit mostly a hidden one. The ever increasing amounts of available data require increasing sophisticated processing techniques and the advances in ML over this period have been quite mind blowing.

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Abelon Awarded ISO9001:2015

 

Abelon Systems quality management system has been certified to ISO 9001:2015.  This award again recognises the high quality services provided provided by Abelon to its customers. 

Keeping It Simple - Smart Building IoT Security

Things ain’t what they used to be …

The emergence of reliable, low-power, low-cost ‘Internet–of–Things’ (IoT) devices has made it economical to deploy advanced Building Management Systems (BMS) into small to medium - sized buildings, but the relative simplicity of those devices (basic sensors, actuators and communications stacks) could expose those buildings to the threat of cyber-attack, with potentially catastrophic consequences.

An integrated BMS monitors, manages and controls the critical systems within a building - HVAC, lighting, security, fire alarms, access control and more; a sophisticated attack could disrupt, disable or damage these vital support systems.
Deployment of these systems is growing rapidly; according to Gartner around 45% of the 1.1 billion connected things in 2015 were devices in smart buildings and homes and this total is set to explode to around 21 billion devices in a global smart building market estimated to be worth $36bn by 2020.

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Abelon Systems achieves ISO9001:2015 Certification

Abelon Systems are delighted to announce that we have successfully transitions our integrated Quality Management System to the latest ISO 9001:2015 standard.

Abelon has been certified to ISO9001 for the development of Embedded Systems and Solutions since 2008, and this is another step towards maintaining the high level of quality product delivery that we are well known for.

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Sorting Things Out: How to get into IoT

Connecting things together is what humans do.  Combine that skill with the need to eat and drink gave rise to the first soft-drink vending machine connected to a campus network.  No more need to leave your seat to find out if there was a cold Coke waiting for you.  That was back in the 1980s and embedding computing power into real-world devices and connecting them to the Internet is now called the “Internet of Things” or IoT.  In just a few years there will be billions of enabled devices connected to the Internet.

Joining the IoT party challenges product manufacturers to become service providers.  A consumer buys the product, plugs it into the ‘net and subscribes to the service provided.  There is a clear upside for the makers of things.  They can establish a lasting customer relationship through the data collection and the subscription. That relationship can be carefully deepened and leveraged.  

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